May 25, 2018 / 9:45 PM / 24 days ago

Egypt equalise late to draw World Cup warmup against Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (Reuters) - Egypt’s Ayman Ashraf equalised nine minutes from fulltime as they drew 1-1 away to Kuwait on Friday in the first of three warmup matches before they head to the World Cup in Russia next month.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Kuwait vs Egypt - Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Al-Ardiya, Kuwait - May 25, 2018 Egypt team group REUTERS/Tariq AlAli

Fahad Al Ansari scored after six minutes for the Gulf country, but substitute Ashraf squeezed home a square pass from Mahmoud Kahraba for the 81st-minute equaliser.

Egypt were without talisman Mohamed Salah, who will play for Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, and found it hard to break down their defensive-minded hosts.

Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, making a late bid to be included in their final 23-man World Cup squad, made several good saves to strengthen his chances of going to the tournament.

Egypt play Colombia on June 1 and Belgium on June 6 in their final warmup games before they head to the World Cup, where they are in Group A with Uruguay, hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Kuwait vs Egypt - Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Al-Ardiya, Kuwait - May 25, 2018 Egypt’s Amr Warda in action REUTERS/Tariq AlAli

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Johannesburg; Editing by Toby Davis

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